Sunday, 29 June 2014

Leave salary payment in UAE

As per UAE labour law companies have no authority or right to ask an employee to go on loss of pay for a definite period other than normal annual leave without the leave salary payment. Employee doesn't need to look the status of company's financial position like whether it is good or bad. Can an employee be forced to go on loss of pay because of financial losses of a company? The answer is "No" as per the federal law regarding employment in UAE.
As per the UAE employment law employees are not responsible for the company's financial liabilities and profit or loss. They are only responsible for their duties as agreed up on by the company in their employment contracts. If they fulfill their obligations as mentioned in their employment contracts, then, it is their right to receive their remuneration.

UAE Employment Law

Article 56 of the UAE Labour law clearly mentions that: "Employees engaged on a yearly or monthly remuneration shall be paid at least once a month. All other employees shall receive their remuneration at least once every two weeks."

Employment law in UAE states that the employees are entitled to receive 30 days leave with pay when they completed 11 months of work. It has to be noted that as per the UAE Law, even in case of liquidation of a company, employees are given priority over debtors. Keeping in view the above injunction of law, no employee can be coerced to go on loss of pay because the company cannot pay the agreed remuneration.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Notary Public in UAE

Notary Public services in Dubai and other emirates are offered through Courts in the different emirates of United Arab Emirates. Dubai Courts has enabled an e-Notary service where you can apply for a ratification and this will be reviewed by Dubai Courts Notary Public and an appointment will be scheduled for the delivery of service at your own convenience.

Dubai courts is the official authority to make judgements for civil and criminal cases in Dubai. Notary public Dubai services are provided by government through this channel.

In cases like employers not paying the final settlements of your salary and you are in a state to change the job, then you can accept the notarised undertaking letter from the old company and sign the cancellation papers.

In the procedure of changing a job, the worker has to sign a ratification that he received all his benefits and gratuity from his employer. Such ratification is considered an official document.

The only solution you have if the company is not able to pay your dues now, is to have an undertaking letter and get it notarised from the Notary Public in UAE before you start the procedure of changing the visa. Such a document might be valid in court and you will be able to challenge the other official document.

Otherwise, you will have to start suing the company from now and apply for temporary work permission until your case is concluded.

Monday, 2 June 2014

New biometric rule in UAE for Saudi visa applicants

Visa applicants to Saudi Arabia, including people for Haj and Umrah pilgrims, who are applying from the UAE must now have their fingerprints and photo taken in addition to other regular visa requirements.

The new Saudi visa rules went into effect on Sunday. The new biometric procedure for the visa application will cost Dh17. This is implemented to to speed up the entry formalities to the Saudi kingdom.

However, following people are exempted from the biometric rule.

  • Applicants aged below 12
  • Applicants aged above 70
  • Diplomatic visa applicants
  • Persons who cannot complete the process due to a medical reason

The total time taken for this process is 3-5 minutes for the fingerprint and photo capture.

Applicants for visa must visit any of the three VFS Tasheel visa service centres in the UAE — in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah — which process Saudi visa applications.

VFS Tasheel is authorised agent by the Saudi foreign affairs ministry to handle the Saudi visa application process in more than 30 countries.
VFS officials said that the biometrics rule has been made mandatory by the Saudi ministry. They also said that the company does not store or use the biometrics information in any way.

Pilgrims who need Haj or Umrah visas must visit a visa service centre for capturing biometric data. However, their other usual formalities for visa procoess will continue to be managed by an authorised Haj or Umrah agent.

Once the travel agent completes the pilgrim’s Enjaz process, the agent will need to schedule an appointment with the nearest visa centre on the applicant’s behalf.

All visa applicants must make an appointment for the biometrics capture on the VFS Tasheel website -

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